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Dumpsta Dragons

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Dumpsta Dragons is a unique Asian duet who have performed hundreds of shows for children throughout BC and Saskatchewan. Alcvin Ramos is a recognized grand master of the Japanese Shakuhachi and has also trained extensively on the didgeridoo with aboriginal masters in Australia. Andrew Kim has toured the world with Delhi2dublin, studied sitar in India under a master, and has toured with numerous African bands. He was also featured on an album by Raffi and has been the subject of 3 CBC documentaries. Together they bring joy and inspiration to children with their unique blend of traditional and homemade instruments!


Today the Dumpsta Dragons came and performed at my high school in Clearwater, BC. I have to admit that this was probably the best experience I have ever had at this school; they were so amusing and talented and over all just incredible I was practically speechless throughout it. They share a bit of where they have gone, how they make their instruments and much more. They involve everyone in the audience and just put a big smile on my face! Afterwards my friends and myself took a picture with the band and principle of the school. Great job, you guys! If you can, please come back next year so I can have this experience again! Aireal, Student, Clearwater Secondary
What Dumpsta Dragons brought to the group of children was nothing less than life-changing. The ingenuity, talent, passion and creativity sparkled, and the audience was mesmerized. There was a 'buzz' around the school for several days after the performance; not only the students, but the teachers who were present were all blown away by the show. I would love to have the Dumpsta Dragons back to our school for another performance next year, and for anyone thinking of booking these musicians for their school - go for it! They are fantastic. Katherine Fawcett, Music Teacher, Whistler Waldorf School
Dumpsta Dragons puts on a show that is probably one of the best children's performances that I have ever seen! After the show, one of our students said to me, 'Everything they said about music is exactly how I feel about music!' I'm sure the performance had a profound impact on his life. I can wholeheartedly recommend this group! Andree Montigny, Grade 1 Teacher, Ecole la Passerelle, Whistler

Performances & Workshops

Dumpsta Dragons

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 50 mins.
Capacity: 1000
Tech Requirements: 2 large tables, 3 chairs, power
Fee Range: $805 - $1105 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

The intention of this performance is to cross cultural divides, expose children to a rich tapestry of musical traditions, and show that there are no limits to creativity. This show exposes children to the music of other cultures with instruments such as Japanese Shakuhachi, Indian sitar, and Australian didgeridoo. Inspired by children he witnessed making instruments in African villages, Andrew has also invented some amazing instruments of his own, including his unique "hockey stick guitar" and "Musical tennis racquet". Fabricated out of discarded household items, they present a fun and compelling example of the merits of recycling. Andrew talks about his experience in creating these. Alcvin demonstrates didgeridoo through mimicking animals and Andrew even transforms a spoon into a bass! Volunteers experience jamming with the band, beatboxing, and digital looping. Performers passionately describe their musical journeys, inspiring the children to follow their musical dreams and believe in themselves.

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